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Tall, silent and misunderstood

Giraffe

That’s the title of an article I came across in the Science Times of the New York Times last weekend.The article “Tall, Silent and Misunderstood” by Natalie Angier goes into great detail about this stately animal that until recently, little was known.

So while this once wooden toy giraffe may not completely resemble those in the wild, in part due to it’s missing ears, I’ve definitely learned a lot about them and will now find a better home for this beautiful creatures.

Sincerely-

 

Green Librarian

 

 

Whats black and white…

Okay, so it sounds like the beginning of a very corny joke from back when I was a kid. Well, that’s the beginning of this article and video I came across the other day on migration entitled “What’s Black and White and Travels 310 Miles?‘ by James Gorman over at the New York Times.

The answer is of course, the Zebra.

Check it out!

 

Green Librarian

So you can have your (birthday) cake and..

After making my son a birthday cake of a hurricane (Hurricane Evan, named after him of course), I must say it’s been quite depressing the last week or so reading article after article on the oil spill in a region best know for it’s last catastrophe, Hurricane Katrina.

To give you a good definition of what this ecosystem is all about, check out the Encyclopedia of Earth’s website today with their featured article “Gulf of Mexico Large Marine Ecosystem“.

Then to get an idea of what will happen as a result, read the interview entitled “Nancy Rabalais on Impact of Gulf Oil Spill on Fish, Shrimp, Sea Turtles” over at EarthSky. It really gets to the heart of the matter.

Then to see the beginning of what this will all bring, go to “First look at oil washing up on Alabama shores” from Shea Gunther at the Mother Nature Network courtesy of Treehugger’s Briant Merchant. This is just so, so sad.

Finally, just to keep hope alive, we’ve got two (sort of)¬† hopeful stories on this spill. Theyare “One (Sort of) Positive Thing in Cleaning Up the Oil Spill: At Least We’ve Got Warm Water on Our Side” by Matthew McDermott at Treehugger and “Nature Fighting Back Against Gulf Oil Spill” at National Geographic.

Here’s hoping!

Green Librarian

Heading south

While summer is still in full bloom, the topic of migration has been on a lot of peoples minds, including mine as I finally hope to finish The Life of the Skies by Jonathan Rosen on my way home from work. Here are a few of the articles I’ve come across lately.

This one I just came across yesterday and I found it fascinating. It’s entitled “14,000 km Dragonfly Migration Discovered, Longest of Any Insect” by Bryan Nelson at EcoWorldly.

Next up there is “Rock Quarry Could Permanently Transform Elephant Migration” by Ruedigar Matthes at Planet Save.

Then there are these two on migration of mammals. They are ” Migration¬† of Large Mammals in Serious Decline-Six Have Vanished Entirely” by Mongabay.com at SustainLane and “Large Mammal Migrations Are Disappearing” by Brett Israel at Live Science.

The last two here are on birds (of course) and are entitled “Northward” by David Oates at High Country News and “Bird Migration: Toxic Molecule May Help Birds ‘see” North and South” at Science Daily.

Finally, I’ll throw in one last article here for those who love birds. It’s entitled¬† “With Rebels on the Run, Columbia is for the Birds–and Binoculars” by Matt Moffett at the Wall Street Journal.

Boy are my arms tired!

Green Librarian